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Have I ever mentioned that my boyfriend is the best? The other day when Ben picked me up from school, he whisked me away to the Sandia mountains for a surprise picnic! I think it has to be the most romantic thing anyone has ever done for me!

It was a rainy, gloomy day, but instead of postpone it for another time, we improvised and enjoyed the feast he had prepared in the car parked over an amazing view of the east side of the mountain. The valley below us was shrouded in a thick mist that slowly broke apart as we ate.

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You guys should have seen the spread Ben prepared for us. Below is my little tasting plate that included a slice of sourdough with herbed butter, potatoe and pasta salad, raspberries, and a salad of sliced grapes, feta, and honey which he made himself! That was definitely the star of the show.

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Dessert was quite something too! Ben made these fancy kebabs of strawberries and angel food cake drizzled with chocolate sauce!

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And to top it all off, part way through the meal Ben busted out a bottle of champagne! He forgot glasses, but drinking out of the bottle added to the fun ;]

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Just as we finished eating the clouds parted and the sun came out. Yuki could not have been more happy when we all hopped out of the car to hike and explore. She loves the mountains, and let me tell you, she was not a happy camper hanging out in the car while we picnicked. Just look at her reveling in the wide open spaces!

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Me in a tree!

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We ended up hiking along the trail at Sandia Crest, which looks over the west side of the  mountain and all of Albuquerque down below.

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The trail ended at this cute albeit random little stone house.

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Aaaand, this is Yuki about to be sacrificed to the cliff gods! We had to thank them for the sunshine after all 😉

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It was a truly wonderful day. Nothing makes me happier than being out in nature, especially if it’s with my pup and my boy.

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Mr. Simon, a dog, the best dog.

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A dog on his birthday.

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A dog and his bone.

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A dog sniffin’ the park.

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A dog and his boy.

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A dog and his bacon.

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A doggie in heaven.

Last week, on April 15th 2013, we had a great loss in our family. Our beloved Mr. Simon Dog left this world for a better place. He was truly the greatest, most wonderful companion. I am so honored to have spent these last three years with him, and Ben was even luckier to have enjoyed the last twelve years with Simon as a loyal and loving best friend. There is nothing more difficult than to see a loved one grow old and complete their time on this earth. Simon lived a wonderful and exciting long life full of joy, and he will be dearly missed until we meet again.

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The other day me and Ben went to the nursery up the street to do some plant shopping. We actually intended to buy a larger plant to fill the empty space behind our TV, but we ended up bringing home three little succulent plants. It was really fun walking around the green house and looking at all the little plants.

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We ended up putting them in the little cat thing Ben’s mom gave me. She said it was for herbs but I never could find any that were small enough. These fit perfectly!

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P.S. I do realize I haven’t posted in months and that this is incredibly random. But I’ve finally got a laptop all of my own so I can actually start posting regularly! I figured I’d just jump right into it.

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